From July 4th to July 11th, our Navajo team of eleven teens and three leaders had a great time of ministry in Houck, Arizona. They lived in community on a reservation home, making their own meals and keeping their house clean— believe it or not! The team linked with LeaderTreks, a youth ministry organization dedicated to “making disciples and training leaders.” Through directed ministry, working in construction, leading a vacation Bible school for reservation kids, and studying the truth of God’s word, our teens were challenged to become vibrant disciples of Jesus. One highlight of the trip was the opportunity to help a disabled veteran. This man had “fallen through the cracks” of both our veterans’ system and the Navajo Nation. Although the veteran did not attend church, Good News Church (GNC) stepped up to help out. Our team, representing GNC, spent their mornings working for this veteran, preparing his house for occupancy after a long and frustrating wait.
Another highlight happened each afternoon. Our team created and ran a VBS for local Navajo children. Each afternoon, in pelting rain or oppressive heat, twenty-two native kids met outdoors and were shown the love of God through our teens’ words and actions. On Thursday afternoon, seven of the children responded to an invitation to become Jesus followers.
Let’s continue to pray for our friends in Houck, Arizona and the Good News Church as it seeks to share Jesus’ love in the reservation community. Pray that GNC will be a beacon of hope to people who often live in deep poverty. Pray that our teens will have new “vision” to see the needs of those around them here at home.